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'Driving Miss Daisy': THR's 1989 Review

'Driving Miss Daisy': THR's 1989 Review
On Dec. 13, 1989, Warner Bros. debuted Driving Miss Daisy in theaters nationwide. The acclaimed film went on to nab four honors at the 62nd Academy Awards, including best actress for Jessica Tandy and best picture. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, two actors with considerable resources — and considerable idiosyncrasies as well — purr along in this tandem vehicle with enthusiastic ease. Adapted from his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Alfred Uhry's comedy-drama hints at revelations of character more often than it actually provides them.

While Bruce Beresford's careful, respectful direction ensures a suitably...
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‘Flint’ Review: Queen Latifah Movie is a By-the-Numbers Telling of the Tragic Ongoing Water Crisis

‘Flint’ Review: Queen Latifah Movie is a By-the-Numbers Telling of the Tragic Ongoing Water Crisis
There’s one valuable thing that “Flint” does early on: Acknowledge that “It’s not the whole story.” The latest movie from Lifetime, starring Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Betsy Brandt, and Marin Ireland, isn’t purporting to be a comprehensive overview of the process that lead to the city’s pipelines leaching toxic chemicals into the Michigan city’s drinking supply.

But acknowledging that there’s more to this story only underlines how far the film goes in telling a standalone film of its own. While there’s some undeniable human drama playing out in the story that “Flint” tells, it rarely rises above being a vehicle for delivering information about the fallout from a crisis that still persists.

Flint” follows the experiences of a handful of motivated women who rally to expose the growing risk of the city’s water. LeeAnne Walters (Brandt) does it for her children. Melissa
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‘Flint’ Review: Queen Latifah Movie is a By-the-Numbers Telling of the Tragic Ongoing Water Crisis

‘Flint’ Review: Queen Latifah Movie is a By-the-Numbers Telling of the Tragic Ongoing Water Crisis
There’s one valuable thing that “Flint” does early on: Acknowledge that “It’s not the whole story.” The latest movie from Lifetime, starring Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Betsy Brandt, and Marin Ireland, isn’t purporting to be a comprehensive overview of the process that lead to the city’s pipelines leaching toxic chemicals into the Michigan city’s drinking supply.

But acknowledging that there’s more to this story only underlines how far the film goes in telling a standalone film of its own. While there’s some undeniable human drama playing out in the story that “Flint” tells, it rarely rises above being a vehicle for delivering information about the fallout from a crisis that still persists.

Flint” follows the experiences of a handful of motivated women who rally to expose the growing risk of the city’s water. LeeAnne Walters (Brandt) does it for her children. Melissa
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Trailer Watch: Queen Latifah Fights for Clean Water in “Flint”

Queen Latifah in “Flint

“There’s absolutely nothing to worry about,” a government official assures the public in the new spot for “Flint,” Lifetime’s original movie about the Flint Water Crisis. That lie hangs in the air throughout the trailer as four women — played by Queen Latifah, Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad”), Jill Scott (“The №1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”), and Marin Ireland (“Girls”)—try to do without clean water before deciding to join forces and fight back.

The women take different tacts to protest Flint, Michigan’s contaminated water and the government’s apathy. “Our trust in authority is gone,” Scott’s character, Nayyirah, announces at a rally. Iza (Queen Latifah) stands up and publicly shames the officials leading a town hall meeting. And LeeAnne and Melissa (Brandt and Ireland) simply hold up two bottles of water — one clear, one brown — as proof that the public is living in unsafe conditions.

Amreeka” director Cherien Dabis also has a project about Flint, Michigan in the works. The as-yet untitled film centers on Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who found that a generation of Flint children had been exposed to high levels of lead.

Flint” is written by Barbara Stepansky (“Girls! Girls! Girls!”) and directed by Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”). It airs this Saturday, October 28 on Lifetime.

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Angourie Rice to Star in Australian Period Drama 'Ladies in Black'

Angourie Rice to Star in Australian Period Drama 'Ladies in Black'
Angourie Rice has signed on to star in the period drama Ladies in Black, director Bruce Beresford's adaptation of Madeleine St. John’s 1993 best-selling Australian novel The Women in Black.

The Australian actress, who since last year has appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Beguiled and The Nice Guys, will return home to Sydney for the feel-good film, in which she will star alongside Julia Ormond (Mad Men) and Rachel Taylor (Jessica Jones, Transformers).

Set in 1959 in the high-end department store Goodes, Ladies in Black tells the story of shy schoolgirl Lisa (Rice) who takes a summer job at the store while waiting for the...
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Film News Roundup: Columbus Short Developing Biopic on Baseball Player Dock Ellis

Film News Roundup: Columbus Short Developing Biopic on Baseball Player Dock Ellis
In today’s film news roundup, Columbus Short is developing a film based on the life of major league baseball player Dock Ellis, Patricia Arquette gets her first feature directing gig, “The Deuce” star Emily Meade joins “Trial by Fire” and Angourie Rice is starring in Australian drama ‘Ladies in Black.”

Project Development

Columbus Short and Artistry Films are developing a film based on the life of the late major league baseball player Dock Ellis, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project, titled “Ellis D,” is planned to go into production next year. The project will be produced by Max Gousse and Short at Artistry Films, who announced Tuesday that they have acquired life rights from Ellis’ widow, Hjordis Ellis, who has been consulting on the project.

Short plans to star in the film. He wrote the script along with actor/writer Lane Garrison (“Prison Break”).

It’s the second Ellis biopic in the works in Hollywood. In
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Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance

Volcano is Fearless Finney Showcase: L.A. Screening with Bisset in Attendance
'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback featuring daring Albert Finney tour de force As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater in the Los Angeles suburb of Westwood. Jacqueline Bisset is expected to be in attendance. Huston was 77, and suffering from emphysema for several years, when he returned to Mexico – the setting of both The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Night of the Iguana – to direct 28-year-old newcomer Guy Gallo's adaptation of English poet and novelist Malcolm Lowry's 1947 semi-autobiographical novel Under the Volcano, which until then had reportedly defied the screenwriting abilities of numerous professionals. Appropriately set on the Day of the Dead – 1938 – in the fictitious Mexican town of Quauhnahuac (the fact that it sounds like Cuernavaca
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Evzen Kolar, Producer of ‘City of Industry,’ Dies at 67

Evzen Kolar, Producer of ‘City of Industry,’ Dies at 67
Veteran film producer Evzen Kolar, whose credits include the 1997 Harvey Keitel drama “City of Industry,” has died in Los Angeles at age 67, his family announced Monday. The Czech-born filmmaker also produced the 1993 Leslie Nielsen-Rob Schneider comedy “Surf Ninjas” through his Kpi Entertainment production company and director Zalman King’s “Delta of Venus.” In addition, he produced John Avildsen’s 1999 Jean-Claude Van Damme action movie “Inferno” (a.k.a. “Desert Heat”), Bruce Beresford’s 2001 period drama “Bride of the Wind,” and John Irvin’s 2003 comedy “The Boys and Girls from County Clare” starring Colm Meaney, Bernard Hill and Andrea Corr.
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Evzen Kolar, Producer on 'Surf Ninjas' and 'City of Industry,' Dies at 67

Evzen Kolar, Producer on 'Surf Ninjas' and 'City of Industry,' Dies at 67
Evzen Kolar, a veteran film executive who also produced such movies as Surf Ninjas and City of Industry, has died. He was 67.

Kolar died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, publicist Jan Kean announced.

In 1993, Kolar launched the production company Kpi Entertainment, where he produced Surf Ninjas (1993), starring Rob Schneider; the Zalman King erotic drama Delta of Venus (1995); City of Industry (1997), starring Harvey Keitel and Stephen Dorff; John Avildsen's Inferno (1999), with Jean-Claude Van Damme; and the Bruce Beresford period costume drama Bride of the Wind (2001).

Kolar also produced the Samuel Goldwyn...
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'The Boys & Girl From County Clare' producer Evzen Kolar dies aged 67

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'The Boys & Girl From County Clare' producer Evzen Kolar dies aged 67
Larger-than-life polyglot worked with Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Evzen Kolar, the Czech-born producer of The Boys & Girl From County Clare and City Of Industry, has died in California after a brief illness. He was 67.

Kolar was born in Moravia in the Czech Republic to a diplomat and got his first taste of entertainment as a child actor, before becoming an assistant director in Europe on commercials, television projects and features.

He lived in London in the late 1970s and produced fringe theatre before moving to the Us in 1979 where he built a name for himself as a production executive, notching up numerous line producer and producer credits.

After stints as vice-president of production at Fireline Productions, a subsidiary of the Armand Hammer Company, and CEO at Crossover Films Ent, Kolar worked as a line producer. His credits included Never Say Never Again with Sean Connery, Street Smart starring Morgan Freeman, Master Of The Universe with Dolph Lundgren
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SXSW Thriller ‘Barracuda’ Is a Sinister Drama Coming to Theaters This Fall

SXSW Thriller ‘Barracuda’ Is a Sinister Drama Coming to Theaters This Fall
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have acquired the U.S. rights to Julie Halperin and Jason Cortlund’s suspense drama “Barracuda.” The film premiered in competition at SXSW and was nominated for a Grand Jury Award in the Narrative Feature category.

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Co-directed by Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin and written by Cortlund, “Barracuda” stars Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, JoBeth Williams and Luis Bordonada and features live music performances by Butch Hancock, Bob Livingston, Colin Gilmore, The Mastersons, and The Harvest Thieves.

The film follows a woman named Merle (Tolman), whose life begins to splinter when
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Allison Tolman’s Drama ‘Barracuda’ Lands U.S. Distribution

Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have secured the U.S. rights to Julie Halperin and Jason Cortlund’s suspense drama “Barracuda,” starring Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, JoBeth Williams and Luis Bordanado.

The companies are planning a fall theatrical release with a VOD release a month later.

‘Barracuda” premiered in competition in March at SXSW as “La Barracuda” and was nominated for a Grand Jury Award in the narrative feature category. It also won top prizes at the Oak Cliff and Hill Country film festivals.

The film features live music performances by Butch Hancock, Bob Livingston, Colin Gilmore, The Mastersons, and The Harvest Thieves.

Tolman plays a woman in Texas whose enigmatic half-sister appears unexpectedly on her doorstep. The duo initially bonds but the sister’s intense and erratic behavior begins to jeopardize her career aspirations, her relationship to her mother, and even her impending marriage.

“Allison and Sophie give strong and emotional performances in ‘Barracuda,'
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Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Films acquire 'Barracuda'

The film received world premiere in competition at SXSW.

Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have secured Us rights to Julie Halperin and Jason Cortlund’s suspense drama Barracuda, previously titled La Barracuda.

The film centres on Merle, whose life begins to splinter when Sinaloa, the half-sister she never knew existed, appears on her doorstep in Texas. Initially distrustful of this enigmatic woman, a bond quickly forms between the two sisters.

As Merle allows Sinaloa into her life, Sinaloa reveals a quiet fury to Merle through her music. Sinaloa’s fierce attachment jeopardises Merle’s career aspirations, her relationship with her mother, and even her impending marriage. Merle fights to keep her world together while Sinaloa’s increasingly intense and erratic behavior threatens to erupt into something much darker.

Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, JoBeth Williams and Luis Bordonada star in the film, which premiered in competition at this year’s SXSW .

David Hartstein and Nancy Schafer produced
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All of the Films Joining Filmstruck’s Criterion Channel This July

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This July will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Saturday, July 1 Changing Faces

What does a face tell us even when it’s disguised or disfigured? And what does it conceal? Guest curator Imogen Sara Smith, a critic and author of the book In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City, assembles a series of films that revolve around enigmatic faces transformed by masks, scars, and surgery, including Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another (1966).

Tuesday, July 4 Tuesday’s Short + Feature: Premature* and Ten*

Come hitch a ride with Norwegian director Gunhild Enger and the late Iranian master
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Inside law: The Us border is changing – be prepared

Andrea Szew..

Andrea Szew is the founder of Los Angeles law firm Szew Law Group, which has specialised in Us immigration for the entertainment industry for over 15 years..

The recent incident at the Us border involving Bruce Beresford,.the well-known Australian film director, makes this a perfect time to revisit some key points to keep in mind when entering the United States..

Even though many others have gone through what he experienced, it is always surprising when it is someone who we do not expect would have an issue. These types of incidents remind us that nobody is exempt from the scrutiny at the border. Everyone is in the same situation, and just because you have a visa, permanent resident card, or are entering temporarily under the visa waiver program using Esta (Electronic System Travel Authorization), you must meet the requirements of entry to the satisfaction of the border patrol.
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Revisiting "Crimes of the Heart"

In honor of Diane Keaton’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award tomorrow, here’s Eric Blume with a look back at Crimes of the Heart (1986)

Beth Henley won a Pulitzer Prize in 1981 for her play Crimes of the Heart, and five years later it was retooled by Henley herself in a film version directed by Bruce Beresford. The film teamed three of the biggest actresses of the 80’s: Diane Keaton as the oldest spinster sister Lenny, Jessica Lange as saucy middle child Meg, and Sissy Spacek as spacey youngest Babe.

Keaton is forced to carry the film for the first ten minutes out of the gate, and she’s strapped with some clunky exposition. She feels tentative, which is partly aligned with her character, but in a way where she feels not fully assured, like she’s finding her way into the role. Her Southern accent doesn’t come easily to her,
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Why Bruce Beresford had his Us visa waiver cancelled

Bruce Beresford..

Bruce Beresford has worked on Us movies and TV shows for decades, so he was ill-prepared when Us authorities cancelled his visa waiver.

The director told If he and his wife Virginia Duigan were halted at the Us-Canadian border at the Great Lakes last month and refused entry.

Their .crime.? Beresford and Duigan had visited the Fajr Film Festival and Market in Tehran in 2014, where the director served on the jury.

When he applied last December for the Esta (Electronic System Travel Authorisation), which enables Aussies to visit the Us without a visa for up to 90 days, he did not note that he had been to Iran because he did not realise the country was on the banned list imposed by President Trump.

When he asked a border official what would have happened if he had declared the visit to Iran, he was told the Esta would have been refused.
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Clive James: ‘A reader has complained about my still being alive’

He has guessed the unsettling effect of going nuts in your face, like Peter Capaldi in The Thick Of It

Somebody on the point of bursting into flames from ungoverned anger has written in with a list of my perfidies, which include my still being alive when he has specifically indicated that he wants me dead. He holds me responsible for unforgivable frivolity in the face of climate change, and for my apparent indifference to the forthcoming nuclear war. And for having lived too long.

From internal examination of his violently aggressive prose, I judge him to be an Australian, so he will understand when I encourage him to insert his head in a dead bear’s bottom. This useful instruction, in a less polite form, I first heard 50 years ago from my friend Bruce Beresford, the Australian film director. Neither of us thought the expression any the less eloquent
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Casting Call

Ml Talent Agency, is looking for background performer actors and actresses, inexperienced/experienced for more Toronto-based feature films, TV series and commercials :

Melissa Lee, owner of Ml Talent Agency and founding member, Co-Chair of the Toronto Talent Agent Association (Ttaa) is a 20-year veteran in the film industry.

The one year agency fee for non-union performers to list with Ml Talent Agency has been discounted to $75 for new clients referred by SneakPeek.Ca with exclusive easy online registration here.

Recent Toronto film productions include "Suicide Squad", "Reign", "Dark Matter", "The Strain", "RoboCop", "Carrie", "Resident Evil: Afterlife", "Designated Survivor", "The Handmaid's Tale", "Pixels", "12 Monkeys", "Suits", "Stephen King's 11:22.63", "Downsizing", plus the new "Star Trek" TV series, "Star Trek: Discovery".

Here is the Toronto Film Production Update for May 2017:

12 Monkeys - Season 4

TV Series

Universal Television Enterprises LLC

Prod.: Michael Wray

Exec. Producer: Terry Matalas

Dir.: Various
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Toronto Film: "Dark Matter", "Crawford", "Designated Survivor"

Thanks to TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for May 2017 including "Dark Matter", "Crawford", "Designated Survivor" and a whole lot more:

12 Monkeys - Season 4

TV Series

Universal Television Enterprises LLC

Prod.: Michael Wray

Exec. Producer: Terry Matalas

Dir.: Various

Apr 3 – Jul 7/17

Condor Season 1

TV Series

T5 Condor Productions Inc.

Exec. Prods.: Jason Smilovic, Todd Katzberg, Lawrence Trilling

Dir.: Lawrence Trilling, + tba

Apr 24 - Aug 15/17

Crawford Season 1

TV Series

Crawford Season One, Inc.

Exec. Prod.: Laura Michalchyshyn, Mike Clattenburg

Dir.: Mike Clattenburg

Apr 17 - Jun 28/17

Dark Matter Season 3

TV Series

Prodigy Entertainment Inc.

Exec. Prod.: Jay Firestone, Joseph

Mallozzi, Paul Mullie

Dir.: Various

Nov 18/16 - Apr 13/17

Designated Survivor

Season 1

TV Series

Designated 1 Ltd.

Prod.: David Guggenheim

Exec. Prod.: David Guggenheim

Dir.: various

July 25/16 - Apr 30/17 Tbc

Flint

TV Movie

Sony Pictures TV / Lifetime

Prod.: John M. Eckert

Exec.
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